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Summer is here

Yesterday I made the family go on a picnic with me. It was for their own good. They must build happy summer memories, whether they like it or not. I even took a couple of pictures for the dual purpose of finishing my roll of film and making sure they have some proof that they did in fact go out and play.

I tried to make it as painless as possible. I packed food, of course, and baked brownies (Under normal circumstances, I don’t make dessert on the theory that sugar magically seeps into everyone’s bloodstreams all by itself and requires no help from me.). I reminded everyone to bring a book. We went to Crab Cove, where there is a large expanse of grass, a plethora of picnic tables, and a handy beach.

The food disappeared rapidly, in spite of people’s initial skepticism about having green things on their roast beef sandwiches (actual sandwich description: roast beef with lemon basil mayonnaise and spinach on French roll). The cantaloupe-cucumber salad was a winner, although I forgot the nuts, which would have made it better and slightly more salty. Brent and I were the only ones to try the baba ganouj and pitas. I made it because I like it and because I had eggplants that I was going to use in pasta and didn’t. The baba ganouj was powerfully garlicky and I will eat the rest for lunch tomorrow. And then brownies, with chocolate chips and Grand Marnier in them.

Syd leaned against the war memorial, facing the bay, reading a New Yorker. T.R. cocooned himself in the picnic blanket with Triss; from time to time the blanket was convulsed with giggles. Brent read something sci-fi sedately at the picnic table. I roved and read the beginning of King Dork, which I think I am going to like a lot.

Then the kids and I walked down the beach. T.R. found a stick and fought his way over the rocks. Syd and I talked about camp, upcoming plans, and girlfriends. Eventually, we piled back into the car and went for ice cream (see what I mean about the sugar?).

I can now say it is summer. And I’m glad.


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Jun. 26th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
This post is making me hungry. Where is Crab Cove?
Jun. 26th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Next time you come to Alameda...
...we can go there. It's one end of the bay-side beach (Crown Memorial Beach), the end at the other side of the island from us.
Jun. 27th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
You don't often hear the phrase "finishing my roll of film"....I love that you have a real camera...

Would you pass on the recipe for cucumber cantaloupe salad? Sounds de-yummy.
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
Here's the recipe...
I bought a Rachel Ray magazine in the airport on the way back from Phoenix and it was one of the several successful (meaning: food my family will eat and not whine about) recipes in it. Here's the link: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/salad-vegetable-recipes/cantaloupe-and-cucumber-salad/article.html

I like my film camera. I take different pictures with it than I do with my digital camera. Plus, when we went to Tombstone, I felt like I should take pictures in black and white...

:) js

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